ValentineHearts I’ve been called a romantic before and when I got a newsletter from 24Hr Fitness with some of these I thought I’d share it! 

  1. Who was the first to declare Valentine’s Day an official holiday in 1537?
  2. What was invented by NECCO in 1866?
  3. The city of Verona receives 1,000 letters for whom every Valentine’s Day?
  4. What product was introduced on Valentine’s Day in 1929?
  5. Who sent the earliest known Valentine’s Day card?
  6. What US state became a member of the Union in 1912 and is known as the Valentine State?

Answers after the leap – more trivia here

1. Who was the first to declare Valentine’s Day an official holiday in 1537?

It was that old romantic King Henry VIII. His motto was “True Heart” and he had a heart and the word “loyal” sewn onto his clothes—ironic in light of his six marriages. But to this day nothing says “I love you” like a heart or “it’s over” like a beheading.

2. What was invented by NECCO in 1866?

The NECCO company, maker of the delicious NECCO wafers, invented “Conversation Hearts” in 1866. With new sayings added every year, more than 8 billion are expected to be sold between January 1 and February 14 this year.

3. The city of Verona receives 1,000 letters for whom every Valentine’s Day?

The lucky lady is Juliet, the star-crossed lover immortalized in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Undeterred by the fact that she is both dead and fictional, every year around 1,000 correspondents wish her many happy returns on the day.

4. What product was introduced on Valentine’s Day in 1929?

Penicillin. Discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928 and introduced to the public on Valentine’s Day the following year (the same day as the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre). Maybe not the most romantic product, but one which has cleared up the side effects of many an unprotected encounter.

5. Who sent the earliest known Valentine’s Day card?

Charles, the Duke of Orleans sent his wife a love poem in 1415 while imprisoned in the Tower of London. The valentine is now in the British Museum.

6. What US state became a member of the Union in 1912 and is known as the Valentine State?

That would be Arizona, home of the 2009 SuperBowl bound Cardinals and the place I call home!